This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: The Quick and the Canceled – Fox Cleans House
Fox cleaned house announcing the cancellation of Human Target, Breaking In and The Chicago Code. The Chicago Code is the second series from veteran showrunner Shawn Ryan (The Shield) to see its fortunes unceremoniously reversed. Fox didn’t have a strong roster going into the fall and many of their freshman shows are long gone
Of the three Fox announced today, I’m most disheartened by the cancellation of The Chicago Code, which I was waiting for DVD release before getting thoroughly invested. It was one of the few midseason replacements that looked any good. Shawn Ryan had just recovered from the sting of his previous show Terriers being shitcanned by FX. However, after viewing the pilot, I wrote of The Chicago Code and why I didn’t think it was going to work:
The problem isn’t Beals’ performances – she’s usually on point – the problem lies with her characterization. Basically, the reason the highest ranking law enforcement officer is a woman (not sure how Beals’ character is racially coded) is because Alderman Gibbons (Delroy Lindo) believed she would function in the role as essentially a puppet, which looking like Jennifer Beals seems entirely plausible. So this dramatic detour by her character Teresa Colvin, acting in her capacity as police commissioner rings false, and capable as Beals might be, she basically wilts in scenes with Lindo’s Gibbons. Nothing about her character suggests she’s that much of a bad ass.
Actually, the female characters are under written, peripheral – not a single Det. Kay Howard or Capt. Zoe Callas in the bunch – or throwbacks to the kind of damsels, harpy exes and chatty hookers, which used to populate 70s cop shows and seem woefully anachronistic. Now this only the first episode. These characters and their stories do need time to develop and given that Shawn Ryan has never come whack on an old school track before, I’m inclined give Ryan a wider berth than I would another showrunner.
It seems my initial assessment of the series and its characters was apt and the show never found its rhythm with the audience. Sadly, Fox seems to believe if a show can’t do American Idol numbers it’s not worth having and perhaps that has more to do with the cancellations of these shows than the quality of the programs or quantity of viewers.
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What’s your reaction to the flurry of cancellations announced by Fox.